Monday, June 16, 2014

Sex Sells: Self-Published Romance Writers Dominate

He's brawny, and she's ... flexible
Digital Book World has recently analyzed some statistics on romance book sales in Europe. It is not surprising that romance/erotica is the top-selling genre. Sex sells. (Freud didn't really need to teach us that.)

What is interesting is that 1) ebooks dominate, which means, 2) Amazon, Nook, and Apple dominate, which means, 3) lower-priced books dominate.

In this genre, readers go for cheap titles, which means self-published ebooks outperform their traditionally published counterparts. In short, self-published romance writers actually stand a chance at success.

If you are a romance, writer click on the link below for your top resources.


Romance Ebook Sales Stats From Europe: Dominance and Submission

Digital Book World, June 9, 2014 | Gareth Cuddy

In a genre full of dominance and submission, we rip away the bodices and lift the masks to reveal the truth behind the sales figures.

Figures from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) in this report from late last year highlight that romance/erotica is the top selling ebook genre and has the largest gap in digital vs. physical shares. That report also explains how Amazon, B&N Nook and Apple have 95% of the market between them, heavily skewed in Amazon’s favor. Dominance and submission, anyone?

The first thing that pops-up when discussing the romance and erotica genre is the impact of self-publishers. It is particularly strong in this area and has turned this genre into probably the most competitive space. It’s a honey-pot for avid readers and self-published authors – a match made in heaven if ever there was one!

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  1. Wow. This would make sense. As a romance reader myself, if I can download a book instantly(especially if there is a book in a series I have been waiting for) self pubbed eBooks is the way to go; the writer has to be great though.

    On the flip side, as a writer- I am I'm able to publish quickly and get stories out there to fans.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Simply GREAT resources in the links provided in this article, Sex Sells: Self-Published Romance Writers Dominate. Thanks so much for sharing. Cassandra Black, Multicultural Romance Author / Publisher


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